A revision of romance and gender roles: Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind

Hill, Stacey-Louise (2011) A revision of romance and gender roles: Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This following critique discusses the notion of revision in genre and gender ideologies, using Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Gondry, 2005) as a case study and signifier. In doing so, it explores how the film text abides by and subverts generic traditions by supplying a textual analysis of the film text. A further discussion regarding the visual image of the unconscious also takes place, which considers how the use of such helps create a stronger image of persona and psyche within the characters. To assist in this exploration, the work of Laura Mulvey was considered paying particular attention to her 1975 essay Visual pleasure and narrative structure (1999) and exploring her theory regarding the gaze. This argued that males were the active controllers of the gaze therefore females were there to pleasure what is arguably a male dominated audience. Following this, the work of Carl Jung is discussed looking at his work that considers the notion of repression. The reflection of Mulvey and Jung’s arguments revealed Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind to emerge as appealing to both male and female spectators, as it is pleasurable for both genders to watch. Furthermore, Jung suggests that each gender hold inside them contrasexual elements of the opposite gender, insinuating that males contain feminine aspects (Anima) and females contain masculine aspects (Animus). This supports the proposition that rather than portray characters that blur gender boundaries, filmmakers Charlie Kaufman and Michel Gondry instead depict realistic images of the male and female in contemporary society.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2012 16:20
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:58
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/7000

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